Research projects

Adler

The project partners are developing an optimized LiDAR measuring device with a new verification concept for determining wind resources. Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), InnovateUK, 03/19 - 11/21

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AFLOWT

A floating offshore platform will be developed and tested in an offshore trial at Ireland´s west coast. This demonstration is supposed to show that the structure is survivable in a deep-water environment and also cost-effective.
Interreg North West Europe, 10/2018 – 12/2022

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ASM - Additive Sandwich Manufacturing

A complete process chain for additive manufacturing of sandwich preforms  will be developed und put into practice. The adaption of manufacturing processes, system engineering and materials will contribute to an expected reduction of production costs and the time-to-market for fiber-reinforced functional parts in excess of 25 per cent.
BMBF 10/2016 - 09/2019

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BeLeb

The project partners are joining forces in order to improve the effectiveness of known protective mechanisms for rotor blades significantly. This will result in reduced time and money invested in repairs and maintenance.
BMWi, 12/2017 – 11/2020

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BladeFactory

IWES researchers will develop and test production methods to reduce the production time for rotor blades. To this end, the team is working to parallelize production steps. In addition, a 3D laser measurement system, which is suitable for assuring the quality of blade production, will be tested for the first time.
BMWi, 10/2018 – 03/2022

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Boulder detection

Application of hydro-acoustic methods for the detection of buried objects in the sea floor in the course of the planning of offshore wind farms and cable routes.
BMWi, 12/2016 – 11/2019
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Coast 2.0

Together with its project partners, Fraunhofer IWES is developing COAST 2.0, a software solution for optimizing the costs and risks of weather-dependent offshore and T&I activities.
BMWi, 07/2018 – 06/2021

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CertBench

The electrical properties of wind turbines are to be certified in accordance with the relevant guidelines on system test benches. The test methods can be validated by comparing the test bench results with the field data.
BMWi, 06/2017 – 11/2019

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ETESIAN

High-resolution numerical methods for site simulation taking account of thermal stratification of the atmosphere will be transfered to the industrial process of site assessment.
BMWi, 01/2016 – 09/2019

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EWiNo

The goal of the EWiNo project is to assist wind farm planners and operators in selecting sites and participating in tendering processes with improved methods for determining the wind potential, especially at complex sites.
BMWi, 10/2017 - 09/2019

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Extrapol360

When designing the aerodynamics of wind turbines, the force coefficients of aerodynamic 2D profiles, so-called polars, are mostly used. In the Extrapol360 project, the development of a method for extrapolation of the polars of thick profiles for an angle range of 360° is planned.
BMWi, 06/2018 - 05/2021

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Future rotor blade concept

As part of the “Future rotor blade concept” research project, scientists at Fraunhofer IWES are developing new methods to test rotor blade prototypes that provide significantly more realistic data and allow a load-appropriate design to be produced. At the conclusion of the first phase of the research project, which will take five years in total, the infrastructure will be operational and the test methods developed to significantly reduce energy production costs.
BMWi, EFRE (Land Bremen) 12/2015 - 11/2019

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Future Concept Operational Stability Rotor Blades Phase II

The aim of the project is to ensure that experimental testing of very long rotor blades remains economically viable for manufacturers. New testing procedures for the investigation of segments will offer a better understanding of critical areas and thus increase the informative value of the tests considerably.
BMWi, EFRE (Land Bremen), BMBF 01/2019 - 12/2021

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GreT

An integral tower concept will be developed and extensively examined in the support structure test center: for example, the buckling behavior will be tested on small- and large-scale braced test specimens subject to static axial and bending loads on the span field.
BMWi, 03/2016 - 12/2019

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HANNAH

Innovative materials - hybrid materials and nano-modified material systems - will be developed and tested. The target is to achieve greater insights into the effect and damage mechanisms of these material systems. Especially the challenges associated with the processing on an industrial scale will be examined.

BMWi, 03/2019 - 02/2022

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HAPT - Highly Accelerated Pitch Bearing Test

In the HAPT research project researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems work to establish the foundations for the further development of blade bearings. It is also aimed that the project results will allow the use of individual pitch control systems for load reduction – a primary goal of the manufacturers.
BMWi, 01/2016 - 06/2021

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Hil-GridCop

Within the project, a new test stand is being set up and a new testing methodology for minimal systems – comprising a high-speed generator and a converter system for WT - will be developed. The aim is to accelerate the procedure of electrical certification and to improve predictability of the market launch for new products.
BMWi, 07/2017 - 06/2020

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HiPE-WiND

In order to test the high-performance electronics used in wind turbines subject to combined climatic and electrical loading realistically, test and trial facilities for complete converters are being developed for turbines with outputs of up to 10 MW. For this reason, the causes of failure are also being researched and concepts for optimizing the robustness of power electronics are being developed and tested in experiments.
BMWi, 10/2017 - 09/2020

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LastVal

Within the scope of the LastVal project, Fraunhofer IWES is developing a laboratory environment for validating complete mechanical systems by means of the defined overlaying of loads in a scaled range. The results are supposed to help wind turbine developers to optimize modeling and simulation processes.
BMWi, 06/2018 - 05/2021

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LeikLine

The project consists of the development of a procedure for measuring the power curves of offshore wind energy turbines using a floating LiDAR buoy.
BMWi, 12/2016-07/2019

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Malibu

Development of a simulation model for wind measurement campaigns employing a LiDAR buoy. The simulation makes it possible to quantify the buoy’s measurement uncertainties even prior to the measurement campaign.
BMWi / PtJ, 07/2017 – 06/2020

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MegayachtSchaum

Within the project, a new hybrid material based on epoxy foam will be examined and qualified. Especially the damage process at positions where two materials are connected will gain attention. The development of testing and monitoring methods that are attuned precisely to the material properties complement the project.
BMWi / PtJ, 01/2019 – 12/2021

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MoBo

Development of a monitoring buoy for autonomous, large-scale measurement of environmental marine data for planning officers and the offshore economy. The buoy records the environmental parameters at sea with an extended range: up to a height of 200 meters and across the entire water column thanks to the use of a chain of sensors.
BMWi, 12/2016 - 11/2019

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MOD-CMS

For a new type of condition monitoring system (CMS), a functional prototype will be explored which monitors several components of a wind turbine in a holistic approach and detects faults and damage as early and as precisely as possible. BMWi, 01/2015 - 09/2019

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MultiMonitor RB

This project aims to develop a comprehensive damage monitoring system for rotor blades and will utilize both acoustic and structural mechanical processes to pinpoint damage, detect damage to rotor blades at an early stage, and prevent system downtimes and yield losses.
BMBF, 03/2017 – 02/2020

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MuTIG

The aim of the project is to develop an innovative multi-terminal HDVC concept for the electrical connection of multiple offshore wind farms to the onshore transmission network. The first step is the analysis of the known connection options for offshore wind turbines via alternating current to direct current and point-to-point direct-current transmission systems. The results of the analysis are integrated in the design and development of a scaled demonstrator.
BMWi, 10/2017 - 09/2020

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OptAnIce

Icing on wind turbines can cause severe loss of earnings. The partners of the project OptAn-Ice will improve the usage of anti-icing techniques on wind turbines blades for developers and operators. CFD simulations will be compared and validated with experimental testing results. Testing series with blade coatings will be conducted, and icing at a certain turbine type will be simulated. BMWi, 01/2018 - 12/2020

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OptiDesign

Development of an expanded design basis for offshore wind turbines with the aim of achieving a cost-effective design for support structures and minimizing risks when large rotors are employed.
BMWi, 10/2016-09/2020

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RadKom-QS

The cooperative project RadKom-QS has the goal of developing a novel, autonomous and cost-effective sensor network that is integrated during the production stage and enables remote monitoring of operational rotor blades.
BMWi, 11/2018-10/2021

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RAVE

The RAVE research initiative has accompanied the first German offshore wind park for research purpose right from the start and linked up the projects associated with the 12 offshore turbines. The main goals of the new research project are reduction of the levelized cost of energy and riskassessment.
BMWi, 02/2017 – 01/2020

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RealCoE

The project ReaLCoE aims at unleash the full potential of offshore wind energy to be in direct competition with conventional energy sources in electricity markets worldwide. Over the course of the project, the consortium will develop, install, demonstrate, operate and test a technology platform for the first prototype of a double-digit rated capacity turbine in a realistic offshore environment.
EC Horizon 2020, 05/2018 – 09/2021

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ReCoWind

The influencing factors that trigger defects of power electronic components will be systematically assessed in order to develop efficient protection.  On the basis of experimental investigations, damage models and models for calculation of the remaining service life are generated. At the same time, comprehensive failure and operating data is evaluated and field measurements are carried out.
BMWi, 12/2018-11/2021

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Restrike XL

The project is supposed to improve installation methods for offshore wind turbines and to stimulate the use of noise-reduced vibration for pile driving. The focus is on the physical causes of the set-up effect observed at both - rammed and vibration-driven piles.
BMWi, 11/2017 – 10/2020

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SealOWT

The project aims at improving the design process of offshore support structures by considering sea ice loads in a coupled numerical analysis. This will be realized by combining advanced ice models with aero-hydro-servo-elastic simulation tools. BMWi, 05/2016 - 01/2020

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SegBlaTe

The segmentation of very long and very thin rotor blades offers great potential for facilitating their production, transport, and installation. An innovative joining technique is now being tested on segmented blades. The joining technique is being analyzed and its structural mechanics validated on a 20-meter- and a 50-meter-long rotor blade.
BMWi, 01/2017 - 12/2019

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Smart Blades II

The investigation of passive technologies for load reduction by means of both experimental activities at test-rig and measurements on a test turbine with Bend-Twist-Coupling blades are focus of the project. The results from the previous project were validated; moreover, new phenomena arising from the coupling are taken into account.
BMWi, 06/2016 - 08/2019

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TopWind

Active influencing and control of the flow dynamics of rotor blades has the potential to increase the energy yield of a wind turbine. The effect induced by fluid actuators integrated in structures is determined in flow simulations and considered in relation to the additional costs.
BMWi, 8/2017 - 7/2020

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WindRoot

This project aims to produce a wound rotor blade root using the filament winding technique for the very first time. At the same time, the blade root segment should be expanded into an integral component, which is also reflected by the external structure of the aerodynamic casing in the expanded area close to the root. This more industrialized manufacturing procedure for rotor blades, a coordinated component design, and improvements to the logistics processes are aimed at identifying potential savings and achieving an overall improvement in quality.
BMWi, 01/2017 - 12/2019

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Wind Turbine Doctor

Within the scope of the Wind Turbine Doctor project, the project partners are employing stochastic methods to optimize the monitoring and maintenance of wind turbines. The aim is to develop an innovative monitoring tool for wind turbines based on existing sensor technology and data collection systems.
BMWi, 06/2018 - 05/2021

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Wind UC

The primary objective of the “WindUC” project is to develop mathematical models of the next generation of wind turbines for use during the control unit design phase. In a second phase, these models will then be used to modify or redesign and test advanced control algorithms. The suitability of the novel procedures is then to be tested using real-time simulations.
BMWi, 04/2015 - 10/2019

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